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Shakespeare’s first plays of note were his series of history plays chronicling the War of the Roses between England and France, a centuries-long conflict that finally resulted in the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. The Life & Times of Queen Meg is an original embroidery of scenes from three of Shakespeare’s plays in this cycle: Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3. Through this epic series of defining works, Shakespeare chronicles one of the most powerful, willful and fascinating female characters to take the stage in English-language drama. The Life & Times of Queen Meg focuses on Margaret of Anjou (1429-1482), who led some of the bloodiest battles of the Wars of the Roses. The history plays (including Richard III) chronicle her progression from the seductive warrior seen in Queen Meg to an embittered old woman whose curse is feared by anyone who has crossed her.